Alphabet, Google's holding company, has announced that it has launched a cybersecurity business unit. Named Chronicle, the business unit will focus on offering cybersecurity solutions to Fortune 500 companies.
This never-before-disclosed team at X is now part of Chronicle — Alphabet’s newest company. | Dr. Astro Teller/Medium
The newest addition to Alphabet's portfolio of companies was revealed by Dr. Astro Teller, CEO of X, an Alphabet business unit responsible for building "magical, audacious ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality."
"Solving this [cybersecurity] problem isn’t simply a question of time and trusting that we’ll catch up eventually. We have to start fresh and look at the problem from new angles — and this is why we started a cybersecurity project at X in early 2016 which is now graduating to become Chronicle, an independent company within Alphabet," said Teller.
In a nutshell, given that big corporates already have information security teams as well as many systems in place, Chronicle aims to give organizations a much higher-resolution view of their security situation than they’ve ever had by combining machine learning, large amounts of computing power and large amounts of storage. Essentially providing them with a holistic view of security threats and how to prevent them.
"The information that security teams need to identify and investigate attacks is right there in an organization’s existing security tools and IT systems, but it’s hidden in enormous volumes of data and therefore can’t easily be seen, understood, or used. Providing better capabilities for finding the patterns in that data might not sound like much, but shrinking the time between when an attack starts and when it’s discovered (from a few months to a few hours or days) could reduce a lot of damage — and teach us what other technologies and capabilities might help us turn the tide against a widening array of vulnerabilities and attackers," said Teller.
What is interesting however is unlike many of Alphabet's services and companies, Chronicle will be targeted at enterprise customers. It seems the more innovative Alphabet becomes, the more it starts to resemble its predecessors like IBM and Microsoft.
Cover image credit: Chronicle. | X